Hi all, I went to Occupational Health recently who agreed that I am not fit to work due to my Endo, I've now been off work since the beginning of November (I think this is my 5th week off). I had a review with my manager and HR, they felt it's best for me to be signed off for the whole of December (as I already had the majority of it booked as holiday anyway) and discuss potentially coming back to work in January. While it's lovely to be able to rest properly and try to get my pain under control, I'm feeling extremely stressed about pay. They're going to pay me full pay until January, then I'll only receive half pay - I know this is better than no pay at all, but it really doesn't leave me with much money after essential bills/rent to eat, buy tampons, medication etc. I'm also worried that it'll be worse when I can return to work because after travel I'll be left with £8 for the whole month.
I've looked around and I'm not sure if I'm just being stupid or if my stress levels are just blocking my brain cells, but I don't really understand how Statutory Sick Pay works and whether I'll receive it. Will I automatically receive SSP on top of my wages paid (so I'll receive half my wages from my employer then SSP will be added to it)? Or will I just receive half of my wages?
I'm desperate to return to work not just for my wages but for my own sanity and pride, however I know that they're concerned with me working on such strong medication and while I' clearly unwell. I'm on a waiting list for a laparoscopy, but it's going to be at least 4 months before I can have it done. I don't know how I'm going to get through the next moth, let alone 4.
Thanks for any help xx